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Banana "Ice Cream"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

It is amazing how I can look up some recipes and make them the exact same day, while other recipes I will put in my “try it” pile and it is days, weeks, or even a month before I give them a try.

The recipe I tried today was one of those that I have known about for more than a month and yet I just never took the time to actually make it. I found it on Spark Recipes and it is actually by Coach Stepfanie. You can find the original recipe here:

I read some of the reviews and did add a couple of things. It was really good! I can’t wait to try a number of the variations mentioned in the reviews.

You start off with four bananas.

Chop them up and freeze overnight. (I forgot to take a picture until I had already blended everything so I took a picture of another frozen banana I had in the freezer).

I pulsed it in my food processor a few times to break up the chunks some more. Then I added about an eighth of a cup of water and a teaspoon of vanilla and blended it until it reached a soft-serve consistency.

I dished it into four portions and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden up. It isn’t exactly like soft-serve ice cream, but it was kinda close. I decided to top mine with about an 1/8 of a teaspoon of cinnamon. Then I mixed in how much I wanted with each bite.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of eating ice cream out of a dish. I very much prefer eating it directly out of a sugar cone. But, I know that the whole point of making banana “ice cream” is to have a much healthier dessert! I will definitely make it again (and I’ll try another portion tomorrow) and see if there is any way I could use it as a dessert since I love ending my day with a little something sweet. It is the calmest part of my day and I truly enjoy it! And right now my guilty pleasure is slow churned ice cream. I am absolutely in love with it!

The problem with it? Yup, full of chemicals. Even “natural” ice creams are full of much more sugar than I need. I have read people use just eat a piece of chocolate or something else that’s small. But that is just not me! I need a dessert that I can savor and takes me awhile to eat. An ice cream cone can last me a good 20 minutes. And I know one day, when I finally become a mom, I won’t be able to always savor something for that long!

Are you as crazy about sweets as me? Or are you a salt person?
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    I remember when they sent out this recipe in the daily spark or one of the SP e-mails a while back. I wanted to try it but never did. Thanks for the reminder.
    I am SUCH a sweets person. Ice cream and cookies are my weaknesses. Especially ice cream. It IS difficult (maybe even impossible) to find clean ice cream at the grocery store.
    P.S. From the pics, it really does look like soft serve.
    3042 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/19/2010 8:23:36 PM
    This does look and sound delicious. Might have to give it a try.
    3042 days ago
    yeah i used to freeze bananas and make "banana ice cream" all the time, now, not so much but as I remember boy is it good :) emoticon
    3042 days ago
    Hey Amber, I went and took a look at your SparkPage to learn more about you. You've really done wonderful in recreating yourself! A big CONGRATULATIONS on your amazing transformation! Thank you for being such a BEAUTIFUL inspiration. All the best, Bonnie
    3043 days ago
    YUM! I've always enjoyed a frozen banana like a popsicle, but this looks delish! Thanks for sharing! Bonnie
    3043 days ago
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